Work Area: Cartels

Egyptian court fines chicken cartel

An Egyptian court has fined five of the country’s major poultry brokers more than €8 million for colluding to fix the price of chicken to the detriment of consumers and chicken breeders.

16 April 2021

Antitrust liability should extend “downwards”, advocate general says

Subsidiaries may be held liable for the anticompetitive conduct of their parent companies, an EU advocate general has said in an opinion considering whether Mercedes Benz Trucks España should pay damages for Daimler’s role in the EU trucks cartel.

15 April 2021

UK court allows DRAM cartel follow-on claim

A UK appellate court has ruled that a defunct computer retailer’s follow-on damages claims against DRAM cartel members Infineon and Micron are not time-barred because the company entered administration before the cartel’s existence became public.

15 April 2021

Moldova levies record fine against crop protection cartel

Moldova’s antitrust enforcer has issued its highest-ever fine after concluding that four distributors of crop protection products fixed prices, although the companies claim the probe was motivated by the chairman’s private business interests in that market.

12 April 2021

New Zealand’s criminal cartel regime goes live

New Zealand has launched its long-awaited criminal cartel regime, meaning that price-fixing, market allocation and bid-rigging can now be punished with a jail sentence of up to seven years.

08 April 2021

Mastercard confesses role in UK welfare card cartel

Mastercard and two card issuers face fines of £32 million after admitting that they agreed not to compete with one another to provide local authorities in the UK with prepaid cards given to individuals receiving welfare support.

31 March 2021

France sanctions sandwich cartel

France’s Competition Authority has fined a pair of mass-produced sandwich makers €24.6 million for conspiring to rig bids in response to tenders put out by large food retailers.

26 March 2021

First EU pay-for-delay fines survive ECJ challenge

In a highly-anticipated ruling, the European Court of Justice has confirmed the European Commission’s first-ever pay-for-delay decision fining Lundbeck and five generic drugmakers a combined €146 million.

25 March 2021

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